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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Abzu (2016) is an adventure in a lush underwater world. You descend into the heart of the ocean to find ancient secrets and encounter majestic creatures. This combines the beautiful weightlessness of diving with an ancient story of finding meaning and your place in the world.

Play involves swimming around to explore each of the new areas you visit. You are led through what becomes a gentle adventure by robot characters you meet and befriend. As you delve deeper, you discover a beautiful underwater realm and the creatures that live there.

But this is more than a journey through an underwater land. The narrative soon gathers pace and invites you to ask questions about who you are in the game, how you got there and where you need to go. By the end, you discover that all is not what it seems.

The result is a game as much about identity as scuba diving and bio-diversity. It's a tantalising look under the waves, but also what lies under our own personas.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Abzu 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Communication, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Belief as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
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SOCIAL GATHERINGS

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, as well as pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. The goal of the game is mostly exploration. The main character can be attacked, although any violence is unrealistic. Younger children may find the sharks they encounter frightening.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence. Players control a diver that swims through ancient ruins, caves, reefs, and schools of fish. One artefact shoots laser beams that can hit the diver and passing sharks. Sharks are occasionally shown attacking the player's drones.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Because of the mostly slow nature of the game it works for young children. You need to persist in exploration and puzzle-solving, but there isn't often a time limit. Older players can get more out of the narrative that develops.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 44-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Abzu usually costs £14.99.
 

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Steam Store PC £14.99

Abzu

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/11/2016, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Communication, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 10 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Giant Squidology (@GiantSquidology)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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